Time to get stirring?

Anglican Parish at Amberley LOGONo, it’s not yet Stir Up Sunday (but that must be soon?), when we include a Christmas-cake mixing liturgy in our Sunday worship. That’s always fun, although not so much the part where we cream the butter and sugar!  But this is a reminder to those who are offering a cake—or cakes—for sale at our ‘From the Church Gate’ Christmas stall at the Amberley A & P Show: the Show will be on Saturday 1st November, so it may be wise to start making them soon. Get in touch with our parish administrator or vestry members if you need help sourcing ingredients or subsidising the costs.

Last Spring, we took it in turns to look after the church stall for the day. Not only did we sell all but one of the cakes, but people enjoyed their time on ‘duty’ and had great conversations and laughs with locals and visitors alike. It felt really good just to be ‘our there’ and visible. Many older people living alone bought one of the smaller cakes—perfect for enjoying a slice with visitors over the festive season. And busy working families bought our largest cakes; they just don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen, but they still want the homemade taste.

Jams, marmalades and cordials also sold very well last year, and will be gratefully received again.

 

'From the church gate'

‘From the church gate’

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

This is the title of a new book, described on the wonderful advert-free Brain Pickings review website as “…an impossibly charming compendium of 100 wise and timeless thoughts from some of history’s greatest minds, hand-lettered by illustrator and Brain Pickings collaborator Lisa Congdon.

The common thread underpinning these quotes … is Congdon’s own sensibility about what it means to live with kindness and integrity, to cherish beauty and the creative spirit, and ultimately to be a good human being.

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Leaning into God’s love

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Come all you questioners
looking for answers,
And searching for reasons
and sense in it all…*

This Sunday is about worshipping God, about experiencing the joy that Pamela spoke of in last week’s sermon, as we lean into the love in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Sounds like a whole lot of words but when you relax into praising God you find soul peace and joy. Come, try it, 9.30am, Holy Innocents, Church Street, Amberley.

Come all you… as our lively ‘Vagabonds’ intro encourages. God calls You.

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Liz, Worship leader this Sunday (6 July).

[*lyrics from Stuart Townend, ‘Vagabonds’]

Oh, and just for fun: Zaptist

 

The bolder task of praise

Kristin, Pamela & Llewellyn

Kristin, Pamela & Llewellyn

‘There is a lot of a-theism in our church. That is, too much church activity and too many sermons are about us, and too little is about God.’ This striking statement, which could stop us in our tracks, is from Sunday’s sermon at St Paul’s (29 June). Licensed lay reader in the parish, Pamela Criglington, addressed us on the subject of Praise, basing her sermon on Ephesians 1: 3–14 as well as other readings for the day.

A few extracts from the sermon are provided below. [Thank you to Pamela for providing the text of the sermon]. Continue reading

Celebration at St Paul’s

st pierre st paulAn extra-special reason to come to worship at St Paul’s in Leithfield this Sunday (29th June 2014) is that in our church calendar it is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, Apostles, Martyrs. For this reason, could parishioners who will be attending church on Sunday please offer folks from Amberley and surrounds transport to Leithfield if they need it?

St Paul’s Church
Cnr Brighton St. & Leithfield/Balcairn Rd
Service starts at 9.30am

[By the way, did you know that, as well as Holy Communion at St Paul’s once a month we also gather there for Evening Prayer at 5pm? For details see the ‘Church Services’ page on this site.]

Welcome, Holy Spirit!

Messy Ch PentecostAt Messy Church yesterday we celebrated Pentecost a little early. Thanks to Noortje Bruins for the photos at the end of this post — sorry some are a little blurry — taken on her iPad. For more info about our bi-monthly Messy Church services, click here.

We had an excellent turnout of people of all ages, and I mean all. The youngest under 2 years, the oldest ?? let’s say late 80s. Messy Church is inter-generational quality time, Continue reading